Wire for flair: Korean historical fashion sculptures

Elegant and intricate fashion wire sculptures inspired by the aesthetic styles from Korea’s Joseon Dynasty are currently on display at the Museum of Anthropology (MOA). The newly acquired works, Blue JangOt (2015) and Dream in Green JoGoRe (2013) are made by Key-Sook Geum, a well-established Korean artist and scholar with an extensive body of work.…

A bit of buffoonery

Author and playwright Anosh Irani will be debuting his new play, Buffoon, at the Granville Island Stage. Viewers can transport themselves into the bigtop and delve into the inner world of the complex and boisterous circus performer. Buffoon will run from Oct. 22–Dec. 6. Buffoon may be Irani’s first one-man show, but he is far from a novice of…

Persian sounds on Canadian shores

In September, Iranian-Canadian musician and composer Saeid Kooshki joined Tsleil-Waututh filmmaker and poet Rachelle George for an evening of music and poetry at Maplewood Flats in North Vancouver. While George recited the works of her great grandfather Chief Dan George, Kooshki brought to the performance 36 years of experience with the santoor, a traditional Persian…

Preserving Chinese immigrant memories with art

Most Canadians are somewhat familiar with the history and the plight of the Indigenous people, however, few knew of the struggles of other ethnic groups who had to overcome significant obstacles in a hostile environment in order to make this land their home. An upcoming exhibition Cheap! Diligent! Faithful! at grunt gallery from Sept. 25–Dec. 12 hopes…

Alisa Blanc: raising the musical bar

B.C.-based francophone singer-songwriter Alisa Blanc performed her brand of moody smooth guitar pop for the Surrey Fusion Festival on Sept. 28, 2020. While she is currently writing music and studying in Japan, Blanc was raised in France before moving to B.C. During that time she has made the most of B.C.’s francophone singer-songwriter opportunities, all…

The Vancouver Fringe Festival goes virtual and more equitable

Rohit Chokhani, executive director of the Vancouver Fringe Festival, led the shift to all-virtual organizing while he was quarantined in India. He talks about the unexpected benefits of planning the theatre festival remotely, ongoing changes in response to the pandemic and how the festival is supporting its Black, Indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC) artists…

Grieving and finding solace

Summer 2020 may not be the season of traveling and parties we all anticipated, but online readings and workshops (from Sept. 19–27) will be available for those interested in the work of countless Canadian authors and poets. Dakshana Bascaramurty, a Globe and Mail journalist, shares her debut non-fiction book This is Not the End of Me at the…

A ninja with a cause

“I think by doing this kind of work I’m helping everyone a bit and helping make the world a better place,” says Laura Rivera, the creator of Ninja X, a self-published children’s graphic novel that teaches kids valuable life lessons with a bit of humour, fun and adventure. Rivera will debut the second instalment of Ninja X during…

Making contact with Ray’s Planet

Claire Finlayson is set to debut her first book entitled Dispatches from Ray’s Planet: A Journey Through Autism. Ray’s Planet is a heart-warming story of two siblings learning to understand each other upon Ray’s autism diagnosis. Finlayson hopes this book can normalize autism spectrum disorder, which is a complex condition that consists of challenges with…

Third Realm – an otherworldly Asian art experience

An exciting collection of contemporary artworks by sixteen East and Southeast Asian artists will be on exhibit at North Vancouver’s Polygon Gallery from Sept. 4–Nov. 8. Aptly named The Third Realm, the exhibition’s namesake is a Buddhist concept as well as a description of an otherworldly and in-between space, according to project curator Davide Quadrio. The…

Three local artists exhibit their latest creations

Prepare to be visually enthralled as the Burrard Arts Foundation (BAF), a visual arts nonprofit gallery, presents an exhibit of paintings (Aug. 29–Oct. 10) from three Vancouver artists participating in the BAF’S Residency Program and the BAF’s Garage: abstract painter Russna Kaur, realist portraitist Cara Guri and Olivia di Liberto. During the time of COVID-19,…